I would have to say that my "favorite" would be the M1 Carbine that my dad bought my grandfather back in the 60's. Back then, active military (Captain, USNR) could purchase 'obsolete' firearms through CMP. (Still can, but procedures are a lot different now!)
My grandfather passed away a few years later and recently my uncle "returned" the rifle back to us. It had been well kept, cleaned and oiled, and used as a varmint rifle around the ranch house in south Texas. Well, I still use it for that purpose - 2 or 4 legged varmints.
What's not to like about an M1 carbine - it's light as a feather, semi-auto, 20 round clip, very little recoil, and still deadly accurate in the hands of anyone who "grew up" using military open sights. There's all of the above, PLUS the sentimental value it has from being passed down through three generations. (Me, Dad, Grandfather) And some day it will get passed down to generation # 4.
P.S. HM, did I stay within your guidelines???
Last edited by rdrader2002; 09-21-2011 at 12:48 AM.
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